Since 1975, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been Queensland’s leading independent forum for art. Our innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.
The IMA has museum-grade, climate-controlled gallery spaces in which we present an ambitious program of exhibitions and events, free and open to everyone. We concentrate on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, as well as connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences.
The IMA has a longstanding commitment to research and a rich history of publishing artist monographs and critical readers. We also have an extensive public program including targeted educational initiatives for young people and adults, and development opportunities for arts professionals. Please explore the IMA’s forty year history or browse our exhibitions, events and publications.
The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).
Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh
As Executive Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh oversee all aspects of programming and organisational development. Since joining the IMA in 2014, they have worked with Studio Miessen on updating the premises and initiated a bookstore partnership with Motto distribution. At the IMA, Burns and Lundh have focused on commissioning new works and organised major solo exhibitions with artists such as Gordon Bennett (Australia); Luke Willis Thompson (Aotearoa New Zealand/UK); Patrick Staff (UK/USA); Slavs and Tatars (Eurasia), and Hito Steyerl (Germany).
Prior to the IMA, Burns and Lundh were Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Derry, Northern Ireland, where they worked with artists such as Goldin+Senneby (Sweden), Jesse Jones (Ireland), and Haegue Yang (Germany/Korea). At CCA, they organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe with Independent Curators International, From 'Official History' to Underrepresented Narratives. They were also part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize as part of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations.
Burns and Lundh are regular contributors to art periodicals, such as Art-Agenda, Canadian Art, Kunstkritikk, as well as exhibition catalogues and books. They have also lectured extensively across Europe, North America and Oceania, including CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson; Goldsmiths – University of London; and Monash University, Melbourne.
The IMA's program is curated by the Executive Directors and drafted 18-24 months in advance. The IMA is unfortunately not able to consider unsolicited proposals.
Madeleine King joined the IMA's team in 2015. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and she previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager, and has been active in artist-run-initiatives in Brisbane. She recently completed a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane. King is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: email@example.com
Membership & Development Manager
As Membership and Development Manager, Ally Bennett manages the IMA's philanthropic initiatives and sponsorship, specialising in developing event-based fundraising. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Loughborough University, UK, and joined the IMA in 2014 after working for both the Contemporary Art Society and the Tate Modern in London. She has over five years experience in fundraising and events management, specifically with individual philanthropy, acquisition committees, and benefit events. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
David M Thomas
As Exhibitions Manager David M Thomas oversees technical and logistical aspects of exhibition delivery and assists with public programs. Thomas is a practicing artist and performs in art metal band, Eggvein. Recently awarded a PhD in Visual Arts from Griffith University, Brisbane, he also has a Masters of Arts Administration, UNSW, Sydney, and a Masters in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts. He is a founding partner of creative content studio, Funhauser, with Suzanne Howard. Contact: email@example.com
Public Engagement Officer
Sancintya Simpson joined the IMA in 2016. As Public Engagement Officer she delivers our public programs and learning initiatives. Simpson is an artist, researching racial and migrant experiences in Australia, with a Bachelor of Photography with Honours from Griffith University Queensland College of Art, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to announce that Jaala Alex will be joining the IMA team as Communications Officer in 2017. She is an artist who holds a Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, and has worked in communications and marketing in both non-profits and the commercial sector for six years. In the interim please contact: email@example.com
Visitor and Bookshop Assistant
As Visitor and Bookshop Assistant, John Feely oversees front of house and IMA Motto bookstore and assists events. He joined the IMA in 2015 and will finish up in late 2016. Feely is a practicing artist who completed his Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in 2015. He co-founded and manages Oral ARI in Red Hill, Brisbane. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor and Bookshop Assistant
Our new Visitor and Bookshop Assistant, Jessie Nash, oversees front of house and IMA bookstore. Nash is a practicing artist who completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting & Art Theory) at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in 2015. Immediately after graduating, she relocated to Sydney and completed part of her Masters of Fine Art at the National Art School, while working as a Visitor Services Officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Jewel Mackenzie is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institution’s financial operations. Mackenzie, who joined the team in 2006, is a trained bookkeeper and a TAFE-certified fashion designer. She also has a PhD in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
IMA Advisory Committee
Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne; and Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi.
Membership and Development Intern, Amanda Brachio
Exhibitions Intern, Megan Slater
Bookshop Intern, Indy Medeiros
Bookshop Volunteer, Nicholas Hodge
Past Interns (2015-16)
Membership and Development Interns, Terri Feulling and Prudence McCormish
Gala Interns, Sarah Thomson and Nika Music
Bookshop Intern, Marisa Georgiou
Gala 2016 Volunteers
Lou Anne Clancy
Queensland photographer Richard Stringer documented the IMA’s exhibitions between 1975 and 2015.